For Your Consideration: Nominate Jabberwocky Audio Theater for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards

Earlier this week, we mentioned that one of our shows has been accepted into this year’s New Jersey Web Festival. Besides meeting other creators, festivals and competitions –quite frankly– help get the word out.

Well, now it’s time to nominate podcasts for the 16th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

Some of you may remember that we were one of the finalists in the “Storyteller & Drama” category last year, which did lead to a lot more listeners — and some media attention. This year, we’re looking to get nominated in both that category and the new “Fiction” category.

But we need your help!

True to its name, the awards depend on nominations in all the categories — and to do so, you’ll need to register on their site. Once you’ve done that, you can nominate podcasts, including, we hope, Jabberwocky Audio Theater.

If we’re among the top 10 nominated podcasts in a category, we get into that coveted slate of finalists.

Then, in August, a random selection of the many thousands of the registered listeners vote on that final slate.

But for you to be able to vote and for us to be able to get in, you need to register and nominate before July 31st!

Thanks for your support!

Rogue Tyger Accepted to the New Jersey Web Festival

This year, as with every year, we’ve submitted our various shows to various festivals and audio awards and this past Friday, we learned that Rogue Tyger has the honor of being part of the New Jersey Web Fest’s inaugural slate Fiction Podcast nominees.

The festival will be revealing the exact categories all of the shows are nominated in later this summer, but the festival itself will be September 17 – 19, 2021 in, as you likely guessed. New Jersey. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

AIM Calls for Aid!

As many of you know, our shows start on broadcast radio, WERA-LP 96.7 FM in Arlington, Virginia to be precise.

WERA is community radio, as in the program literally comes from the community. And it gives back, with news, coverage of local events, and some of the best value in media training around (which includes TV as well, since WERA is part of Arlington Independent Media).

But it also depends on the community for financial support in the best of times, so this past year has hit them hard, and Arlington Independent Media is looking to keep on going through their 39th year and beyond. They’ve been integral to our getting Jabberwocky Audio Theater off the ground again in 2018 and we’d love to see them continue.

Besides straight-up donating to them, they also have an auction going on as well as a special virtual concert fundraiser this weekend. Spread the word!

Spring 2021 Book Giveaway: Locke and Key

Now through –TODAY– March 19th, we’re banding with several other indie creators to give one lucky winner $300 worth of sci-fi and fantasy books.

The giveaway collection includes works that we love to share because of our own connections to the story as well as works we’d love to get. Just like Monstress, the first volume of Locke and Key is one I’ve been meaning to read.

Ancient evils, demon possession, locksmithing… what’s not to like?

Unlike Saga, this has been made into a TV series, so I suppose I could check that out first. I mean, it’s been working out for The Expanse.

For a chance to explore this and other stories, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway by TODAY, Friday, March 19th!

~Bjorn Munson, Artistic Director, JAT

Spring 2021 Book Giveaway: Monstress

Now through –TOMORROW– March 19th, we’re banding with several other indie creators to give one lucky winner $300 worth of sci-fi and fantasy books.

The giveaway collection includes works that we love to share because of our own connections to the story as well as works we’d love to get. Monstress is in the latter category.

Just like Saga, this has been recommended to me. Unlike Saga, I haven’t had a chance to read it… yet. But I continue to hear nothing but good thing’s about Marjorie Liu’s writing – and the prospect for more epic world-building is always welcome.

For a chance to explore this and other stories, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway by tomorrow, Friday, March 19th!

~Bjorn Munson, Artistic Director, JAT

Spring 2021 Book Giveaway: Saga

Now through –THIS FRIDAY– March 19th, we’re banding with several other indie creators to give one lucky winner $300 worth of sci-fi and fantasy books.

Part of the prize collection is the first volume of the one of my favorite recent comics/graphic novels: Saga.

The star-crossed heroes are imperfect, the world-building is purposeful and intricate, and I absolutely love the art of Fiona Staples. It’s an epic and often bloody space opera/fantasy that was first introduced to me at my Friendly Local Comic Shop (which has since closed its doors). Come for the action and irreverance. Stay for the compelling characters!

For a chance to explore this and other stories, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway before this coming Friday!

~Bjorn Munson, Artistic Director, JAT

Spring 2021 Book Giveaway: Neil Gaiman

Now through –THIS FRIDAY– March 19th, we’re banding with several other indie creators to give one lucky winner $300 worth of sci-fi and fantasy books.

In an instance I suspect is far from rare, I stumbled onto Neil Gaiman when I borrowed some of my brother’s Sandman comics… and then I kept following what he was doing which, as many of you know, has branched out to just about every storytelling medium from comics to TV to film to audio drama.

If you’ve enjoyed Gaiman’s work, you’ll probably have noted how much he loves to delve into the history and lore of behind whatever type of story he’s telling. You get the sense, from his writing, that his childhood –like many of ours– had the library as a focal point. It’s something that he himself has confirmed in interviews.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane takes a premise of a man returning to his home town for a funeral — something we feel we’ve seen in many a story — and then gives it some fantastical, magic realist twists, sprinkled with events inspired by the author’s own life. It’s a captivating read and, if you haven’t read it before, I think you’ll find it a page turner, especially if you’ve enjoyed Gaiman’s other works.

For a chance to dive into this and other stories, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway before this coming Friday!

~Bjorn Munson, Artistic Director, JAT

Spring 2021 Book Giveaway: The Martian

Now through March 19th, we’re banding with several other indie creators to give one lucky winner $300 worth of sci-fi and fantasy books.

I was writing yesterday about how one of the prizes for this giveaway is a boxed set of The Expanse, the series of space opera novels made into an the TV series of the same name.

One of the enjoyable aspects of the show –something I understand is in the books as well– is the relatively “hard” sci-fi setting. Ships have to worry about gravity and the lack thereof. There are no ray guns, hyperdrives, or teleporters. Sure, there’s that pesky, physics-defying protomolecule and related shenanigans, but Arthur C. Clarke has your back.

In the realm of hard sci-fi in the very near future, we also have The Martian, which scratched that “science the science” itch I sometime have. It’s kind of like Clarke’s zeal for plausible science matched with Tom Clancy’s zeal for researching technical specifications (as readers of The Hunt for Red October may recall).

The movie’s nice too, but there’s something wonderfully detailed about the novel that makes it a fun page-turner.

For a chance to dive into this and other stories, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway before this coming Friday!

~Bjorn Munson, Artistic Director, JAT